Friday, September 10, 2010

Tanghalang Pilipino and Lark Play Development Center of New York present Asian premiere of American Hwangap

Lloyd Suh’s “American Hwangap” makes its Asian premiere at the CCP's Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) starting September 10 until October 3, 2010.

After a successful West Coast and Off-Broadway run, Tanghalang Pilipino and the Lark Play Development Center of New York collaborate to bring the production to Philippine audiences in its original English version and in Filipino translation.

The dysfunctional comedy is set in a suburban Texas home whose members are shaken by the arrival of a long-lost father who has come home to celebrate his 60th birthday. The wife and children wrestle with their broken past as they prepare for the celebration of the “hwangap”--the 60th birthday ritual that marks the completion of the zodiac cycle and also signals rebirth.

Luminaries of theater and cinema Mario O’Hara and Gina Pareño (Tagalog cast), Bembol Roco and Celeste Legaspi (English cast) lead the ensemble completed by Liesl Batucan, Nicco Manalo and Jeremy Domingo. The play is directed by Chris Millado. Tagalog translation is by Joi Barrios Le-Blanc.

“American Hwangap” received its West Coast premiere in March 2009 at the Magic Theatre, San Francisco and then its New York premiere in May 2009 by Ma-Yi Theater Company. The play was produced as part of the Lark Play Development Center’s “Launching New Plays into the Repertoire Initiative” supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The New York Times described the production as “lovingly drawn and filled with endearing quirks that makes it a delight to watch.” Time Out New York recommended the production as a “must-see.”

For ticket reservations, booking of shows and other information, call TP 8323661, 8321125 local 1620/1621, or 0928-2754747 (look for Paulo or Lei), or Ticketworld 8919999.

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